"At the back of it there lies the central citadel of obstinacy: I will not give up my right to myself - the thing God intends you to give up if ever you are going to be a disciple of Jesus Christ." Oswald Chambers 1 Baggage worth reclaiming? 2 Helping the quality of our application in preaching 3 Exploring our cutlure's blindspots on calling 4 Mark Dever on four elements of the discipleship process 5 Seven key relational sklls in leadership
another clutch of favourite reads and these sage words from Thomas a Kempis, "Let this be thy whole endeavour, this thy prayer, this thy desire, that thou be stripped of all selfishness, and with entire simplicity follow Jesus only." 1 James KA Smith and his remarkable cultural exegesis 2 A kindled heart and other preaching counsel from Kevin De Young 3 Leading for the love of Jesus, and regularly checking motivation! 4 Marriage and being that 'right person'? 5 Searing social media challenges and when to walk away
"Practice presence. Spend less time with screens and more with books, less time with complaining and more with solving, less time with arguing and more with listening, less time with shopping and more time with being thankful, less time with worrying and more with exercising, less time obsessing about food and more time eating well, less time planning and more time doing, less time scheduling and more time living one day at a time." Jim Wallis 1 The Gospel is hard, and it contains within it, not........ merely life but glory. Gospel confidence. 2 Things that matter, don't happen by accident: reading more [...]
“The huge irony is that the more the gospel is offered in consumer terms, the more the consumers are disappointed.” Eugene Peterson 1 Citizen or consumer. Ally Simpson's perspective. 2 For your usefulness as a leader, please do read. Read more! 3 Transition, learning and leadership. Brad's story is worth reflecting on. 4 Lasting relationships require two qualities. Yes two fizzle unceasingly! 5 Spiritual formation definition and provocation.
Being present, and being still, is a serious challenge. It's never more challenging to hold our ears to God in a bombarding culture. We can twitch more than think. We can consume more than consider. It's a uniquely distinct time in which we're to navigate what it might look like to be in this world, but not of it. Here are six brilliant questions from Tony Reinke from an interesting interview with David Wells and Douglas Groothius reflecting on our 'socially' media driven-world. He offers these six questions to gauge how our iPhones are changing us! "Am I becoming like what I behold [...]
So this afternoon we discovered our local independent cinema and spent part of our day-off with Aronofsky's Noah. Noah is an ambitious piece, set initially in a scorched, desolate post-apocalyptic world. Think very flat, low budget, Mordor country. There are some bold and ingenious script moments, but also some flat, unhelpfully slow and disappointing cul de sacs. The growl of Ray Winston's character baying, "don't be afraid!" is engaging from beginning to end. The brilliance of Jennifer Connelly articulating the struggle and bargaining pain of Mrs Noah is centre piece. The journey of the sons into their directed pathways and consequences [...]
be drugged, distant or just a couch-potato! Hear these words from Walter Brueggemann. "......the key pathology of our time, which seduces us all, is the reduction of the imagination so that we are too numbed, satiated and co-opted to do serious imaginative work."
comes a most beautiful gospel telling. Indeed, few works of art better express the central Christian message of the redemptive power of forgiveness and sacrificial love. Not that I've seen the movie, not just yet....but having loved the book and the musical........here are some of my favourite quotes. *Free on Kindle right now! Julie Rose’s translation of Les Miserables is the one I've always preferred. Here are my favourite bits from the book: “He did not study God, he was dazzled by Him.” p48 On the virtuous: “Their lives have a sequel.” p153 “Good thoughts have their bottomless pits just as bad ones do.” [...]
Douglas Coupland, who came to fame for his book, 'Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture' has a unique capacity of providing acute descriptions of our contemporary world. Three young adults who in the midst of this changing world, seek to find their voice, by telling stories. “We know this is why the three of us left our lives behind us and came to the desert – to tell stories and to make our own lives worthwhile tales in the process.” Generation X Coupland has gone on to write 12 books of fiction that engagingly capture our changing culture. He’s currently [...]